Roundup: September 24, 2014

Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Indiana Toll Road Declares Bankruptcy
Public-private transportation partnerships continue to fail around the world. The Spanish-Australian consortium that runs the Indiana Toll Road became the latest casualty seeking Chapter 11 protection in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois. On Tuesday, Judge Pamela S. Hollis began hearing the case.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
New Jersey Governor Slams The Door On Red-Light Cameras
Red-light cameras in New Jersey will almost certainly go dark before Christmas. Governor Chris Christie (R) on Thursday said that he was unlikely to support renewal of the program that expires December 16, and his approval is necessary. Christie appeared on New Jersey 101.5 radio’s “Ask the Governor” program to deliver the message to state lawmakers that it would not be worth their time to put a reauthorization measure on his desk.

Monday, September 22, 2014
Ohio Supreme Court Slams City That Blocked Anti-Camera Vote
The law director of Maple Heights, Ohio was left with egg on his face as the state Supreme Court wholly rejected the legal arguments he came up with to block a public vote on red-light cameras and speed cameras. In a unanimous decision Friday, the six justices insisted that the city’s attempts to drag its feet and avoid a public vote on the operation of speed cameras and red-light cameras violated the clear legal requirement of the state constitution that the council put a measure on the ballot “forthwith” once the signatures are certified.

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Missouri, Germany, Italy: Speed Cameras Swiped, Foamed, Toppled
In Columbia, Missouri, the red-light camera at the corner of Forum Boulevard and Stadium Boulevard failed to prevent an accident on Friday. KMIZ-TV reports a woman smashed into the automated ticketing machine with her car landing on its side in a parking lot.

Friday, September 19, 2014
California Workers Sue Red-Light Camera Firm Over Poor Pay, Conditions
A red-light camera vendor may be forced to pay millions in back pay to its employees. A number of them have taken their claim to a San Mateo County courtroom with the dispute creating a rift between American Traffic Solutions (ATS) and the cities that are its customers.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Ohio Supreme Court Briefed On Anti-Camera Referendum
It will be up to the seven justices of the Ohio Supreme Court to decide whether the city of Maple Heights and its traffic camera vendor may deny residents their right to vote on the use of red-light cameras and speed cameras. The court’s decision will have sweeping ramifications in a state where residents in seven cities — Ashtabula, Cincinnati, Chillicothe, Heath, Garfield Heights, South Euclid and Steubenville — have already used initiatives to prohibit automated ticketing. Instead of fighting, Cleveland’s city council placed an identical camera ban measure on the November ballot.

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